Beirut-based Architectural Firm Wins Design Competition for Engineering Complex at AUB  
Trustee Philip Khoury Named MIT Associate Provost  
AUB and UAE Center Sign Agreement to Offer EMBA Program to Emirate Institutions  
Fourth AUB Faculty Seminar on Teaching and Learning with Technology  
New Faculty: Hussein Shahidi  
New Faculty: Kirsten Scheid  
New Faculty: Tima al Jamil  
Office of Grants and Contracts Celebrates World Intellectual Property Day  
Staff Profile: Ghaleb Halimi  
Fifth Annual FEA Student Conference Held  
Engineering Alumni Recognized for Outstanding Achievements  
Studying Biodiversity in Lebanon and the Region at AUB  
Construction Update  
Renovated AUB Archaeological Museum Inaugurated  
Renovated Pediatrics Clinic Opened  
Women's Rights Club Holds Conference on Gender and Sexuality  
Tenth Annual AUB Job Fair Largest Since Its Inception  
Letters from a New Campus by Daniel Bliss  
Winners of the Coca-Cola 'Make Every Word Count' Essay Competition Announced  
AUBMC Research Group Awarded NIH Grant  
Science Students Reveal Bonds Between Chemistry and Art  
Understanding the Political Economy of Islamic Movements  
Extreme Makeover: AUB Graduate Transforms Gulf Television  
Science, Math, and Technology Fair Promotes Environmental Thinking  
School Fair 2006: Prospective AUB Students Visit Campus  
Situation of the Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon  
Remembering the Writer, Khalil Takieddine  
Promotions 2005-2006  
Piano Recital by Arnimée Choukassizian  
Lecture on Space Exploration by World Expert  
Teleconferencing Brings Students Together Across Continents  
"Something Is Happening": Fairuz and Ziad Al Rahbani  
Cultural Genocide and Assyrian Cultural Survival  
Lecture on the History and Origins of American Islamicism  
Business School and Arts and Sciences Team Wins Soccer Championship Match by Narrow Margin  
  Red Cross Club Celebrates its 26th Anniversary at AUB
 
  History of the American University of Beirut: A New CASAR Course
 
  First Stereo-photography Exhibit at AUB  
  Photo Exhibition by President John Waterbury  
  The Cats of Renée Deek: End-of-Year Theater Workshop Performance  
  Film on Euthanasia-A True Story  
  Part Two of the CVSP Forum  
  Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said  
  Mozart and Schumann Celebrated at Assembly Hall  
  Austrian Chamber Music Duo Performs at AUB  
  Mathematician Alain Connes Visits AUB  
  Rima Khcheich Concert Plays to Sold-out Crowds at Assembly Hall
 
  Women's Auxiliary  
  33rd Annual Folk Dance Festival Hosts 20 Performing Schools  
June 2006 Vol. 7 No. 8


Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said

The Anis K. Makdisi Program in Literature held a screening of the documentary, Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said, on May 8 in West Hall. The film is the latest work of one of Japan's foremost documentary filmmakers, Sato Makoto. It was shot in Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, and New York City over a period of two years.

When people read the title of the documentary, they expect it to be a movie version of the book, Out of Place, the memoir published by Edward Said in 1999. The documentary, however, is far from being a biography. It is, rather, an amalgam of what Said's life might have been, and its aim is to demonstrate how torn from his roots Said felt throughout his life. The documentary does not necessarily talk about Said himself, but it does show how every Palestinian living outside of Palestine might feel.

Included are interviews with Said's wife, daughter, and son, as well as with colleagues and friends. Also included is old "home movie" footage filmed by Said's father, Wadih, in the 1940s, and never before shown publicly. Much of the documentary focuses on journeys into Said's past residences, the one in Dhour El-Shweir, Lebanon, where Said and his family used to spend summer vacations, and where people are interviewed for their remembrances of the Said family, as well as the one in Brummana, Lebanon, where Said's grave quietly resides in a shaded Quaker cemetery.

What is most striking to an Arab viewer, especially a Lebanese viewer, is the journey to Ain El Heloueh Palestinian Refugee Camp, where the film crew spent a few days and got the feel of what life is like in such a camp. This had nothing to do with Said's life, but it does have a lot to do with his cause to achieve an independent Palestine.

The screening was followed by a talk with the film's assistant director, Najib El-Khash, who played a major role in the documentary as an interpreter.